2018 Dubuque Area Writers Guild Anthology

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2018 is the 40th anniversary of the Dubuque Area Writers Guild Anthology

This year is the 40th anniversary of the DAWG anthology and we are completing our compilation in collaboration with another great organization, the Dubuque Facing Project.  The Dubuque Facing Project is a non-profit organization that “connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Their model guides communities as they enlist a team of writers to be paired one-on-one with citizens who are facing life circumstances that deserve to be shared to better educate the broader community. The pairs meet, get to know each other and share stories of triumph and tragedy, of loneliness and community, of hate and happiness, of deep depression and lofty goals.”

The Dubuque Facing Project is focused on Facing Diversity and this year we are helping to support the creation of an anthology centered on the stories of Dubuque’s LBTQIA+ community. We will launch this book as the kick off to DubuqueFest and have a reception at the Dubuque Museum of Art, May 18th from 6-8 pm where we will have selected submissions from the Facing Diversity compilation share their stories. Food and refreshments will be served. This event is free to the public. Books will be available at the reception and are free to the public.

Visit Dubuque Facing Project and Dubuque Area Writers Guild on Facebook

For more information, contact Heidi Zull at dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com.

Come on and join the Guild!

2018 Elisha Darlin Award Tim McNamara

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society is proud to announce: Timothy McNamara to receive 2018 Elisha Darlin Art Award

January 2018, the Fine Arts Society nominations included Art on the River Committee, Creative Adventure Labs, Tim McNamara, Northeast Iowa School or Music, Tim Runde, and Voices Productions. Fine Arts Society presents the 2018 Elisha Darlin award to Tim McNamara.

Saturday, May 12, 2018, Doors at 6:00 pm, Award Presentation at 7:00 pm
Convivium Urban Farmstead 2811 Jackson, Dubuque, Iowa
Free at door – Food and beverage available for purchase. Live music!

More information available here.

Supported by Trappist Caskets at New Melleray Abby

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival 2018 this weekend

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Dubuque’s very own homegrown all arts festival is back!

Join us in Washington Park & Town Clock Plaza in beautiful Downtown Dubuque for three FREE days of art, live music, and interactive hands-on activities for all ages! May 18 – 20, 2018.

Check back here in the coming weeks for updates on our programming schedule, performance details, & more.

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Dubuque One Acts

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Produces Premieres of Winning One-Act Plays –
From Its 38th Annual National Contest
August 20, 21 and 22, 2015 – 7:30pm

Nation’s oldest one-act play writing contest premieres three prize-winning dramas on Mindframe’s stage.

World premiere live performances of three outstanding new theater works will be presented by Dubuque Fine Arts Players in its 38th Annual National One-Act Play Festival on August 20-22.

The performances are winners in Dubuque’s contest, the longest established one-act playwriting contests in the nation. Since 1977, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players (a theater wing of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society) have sponsored a national one-act playwriting contest and have offered productions of the winning scripts.

The contest is a unique theater tradition. Every year playwrights from around the US and several foreign countries submit unproduced original one-act plays to the contest. Each script goes through a rigorous screening process in which scripts are read by a panel of volunteer script readers. What makes the contest unique is that the readers represent people from all walks of life in the community. After multiple readings, the top ten scripts from this process are then evaluated by a panel of directors and final judges who select the three prize winners and determine which plays will be produced and staged by local volunteer actors, directors, and technicians.

For a third year, the productions will be at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque, through a partnership with Mindframe.  Special lighting and stage embellishments and the availability of refreshments have made this a popular and memorable evening of live theatre for Festival patrons.  This year’s plays are provocative, humorous and thoughtful:

  • First Prize: The Other Half by Garry Michael Kluger (LaCrescenta, CA), directed by Lynda Mackie and featuring Lisa Anderson, Stephanie Bussan, Melissa McGuire, and Pearl Olson. A drama with some wonderful comedic moments, in which three women come to grips with a woman they thought they knew.
  • Second Prize: No Koch, Pepski by Ed Gross (Westwood, NJ), directed by Carrie Pozdol, with performances by James Brown, Aaron Pozdol, and Art Roche. A clever satirical commentary on the current state of political campaign finance.
  • Third Prize: Love in a Minor Key by David Finney (Chicago, IL), directed by Dan Fairchild. Actors include Robert Armstrong, Ryan Michael Decker, Jan Haverland,  Lynsay Haverland, and Lisa Pence.  A comedy about a widower trying to move on emotionally and physically.

Performances of this year’s one act plays will be August 20, 21 and 22 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at 7:30 pm at Mindframe Theaters, behind Kennedy Mall in Dubuque. All three plays are shown each evening.  An opportunity to meet the directors, actors and possibly some playwrights for discussion will follow the performances each night. Tickets are $15.00 at the door, $10 for college students with ID and younger.   More at www.dbqoneacts.org.

Contact information for the winning playwrights and the three directors is available on request.  One Act Festival Doug Art